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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 4 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1053..


season. Whilst the ACT provided the base and managed the tasking and administration of this machine, it was not used in the ACT but was deployed on numerous missions into NSW, VIC, and SA over the summer.

Disabled persons-wheelchairs

(Question No 1544)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 15 March 2007:

(1) How are clients referred to any form of specialised wheelchair and posture seating services operated by ACT Health;

(2) How long is the waiting list to receive (a) specialised wheelchairs and (b) posture seating services in the ACT;

(3) What is the average waiting time for clients accessing both services as listed in part (2).

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Clients are referred to the Specialised Wheelchair and Posture Seating Service by their primary treating occupational therapist, or physiotherapist.

(2) The Specialised Wheelchair and Posture Seating Service is one service with one waiting list. As at 5 April 2007 there were 18 clients on the waiting list for initial assessment.

(3) Waiting times can vary significantly as all referrals are prioritised by clinical need. Set criteria are utilised to identify the urgency of a client referral. There are no Priority One clients on the waiting list as they are seen within 1-2 weeks. Of the eighteen clients on the combined Priority 2 waiting list the average wait time is currently 20 1/2 weeks.

Disabled persons-wheelchairs

(Question No 1545)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 15 March 2007:

(1) What form of booking system exists within ACT Health that facilitates wheelchair repairs for people with a disability in the ACT;

(2) If a system exists, how many (a) bookings have been taken since March 2006 and (b) staff are responsible for (i) maintaining the booking system and (ii) repairing wheelchairs.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The booking system is a manual system operated by the receptionist at the Prosthetic-Orthotic Section of the Aged Care and Rehabilitation Service located at The Canberra Hospital.


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